Documentary (Explicit Version) CD (2005)

Artist: Game

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The Documentary, (Aftermath/G Unit/Interscope), the debut album from The Game (a/k/a Jayceon Taylor), announces the arrival of the most significant West Coast gangsta rapper since Snoop Dogg more than a decade earlier. With guest spots from 50 CENT, Nate Dogg and several others, as well as producers from Dr. Dre to Kanye West to Just Blaze and tracks such as "How We Do" feat. 50 Cent, "Like Father Like Son," "Church For Thugs," "Dreams," "Where I’m From" and "Westside Story," The Documentary resurrects the truth, spirit and hope of hardcore rap.


Label Universal Music Group
SKU 63941242
UPC 602498641439
UPC 14 00602498641439
Format CD
Release Date 1/18/2005
Author Game
Associated Artist/Work , Nate Dogg
Associated Artist/Work Cent, 50
Associated Artist/Work Devil, Nu Jerzey
Associated Artist/Work DJ Haze
Associated Artist/Work Haze, Infamous, DJ
Associated Artist/Work Kid, DJ Whoo
Associated Artist/Work Nino
Associated Artist/Work Sheek Louch
Artist Influence 2Pac
Artist Influence Big Daddy Kane
Artist Influence Dr. Dre
Artist Influence Eazy-E
Artist Influence Eric B. & Rakim
Artist Influence Ice Cube
Artist Influence Ice-T
Artist Influence Jay-Z
Artist Influence JT the Bigga Figga
Artist Influence Kool G Rap
Artist Influence N.W.A
Artist Influence Nas
Artist Influence Public Enemy
Artist Influence Queen Latifah
Artist Influence Snoop Dogg
Artist Influence The Notorious B.I.G.
Artist Contemporary 50 Cent
Artist Contemporary Beanie Sigel
Artist Contemporary Bishop Lamont
Artist Contemporary Cam'ron
Artist Contemporary Chingy
Artist Contemporary Crooked I
Artist Contemporary David Banner
Artist Contemporary Devin
Artist Contemporary DJ Kayslay
Artist Contemporary DJ Khaled
Artist Contemporary DMX
Artist Contemporary E-40 (Rap)
Artist Contemporary Eminem
Artist Contemporary Fabolous
Artist Contemporary Freddie Gibbs
Artist Contemporary G-Unit
Artist Contemporary Glasses Malone
Artist Contemporary Guerilla Black
Artist Contemporary Hood Surgeon
Artist Contemporary J. Cole (Rap)
Artist Contemporary Ja Rule
Artist Contemporary Jadakiss
Artist Contemporary Jay Rock
Artist Contemporary Jim Jones (Rap)
Artist Contemporary Killer Mike (Rapper)
Artist Contemporary Lil Scrappy (Rap)
Artist Contemporary Lil' Flip
Artist Contemporary Lloyd Banks
Artist Contemporary Noreaga
Artist Contemporary Nu Jerzey Devil
Artist Contemporary Obie Trice
Artist Contemporary Rick Ross (Rap)
Artist Contemporary St. Lunatics
Artist Contemporary T.I.
Artist Contemporary The Alchemist
Artist Contemporary Tony Yayo
Artist Contemporary WC
Artist Contemporary Willy Northpole
Artist Contemporary X.O.
Artist Contemporary Xzibit
Artist Contemporary Ya Boy
Artist Contemporary Yelawolf
Artist Contemporary Young Buck
Artist Contemporary Young Jeezy
Artist Follower Guilty Simpson
Technical Info
Engineer Mauricio "Veto" Iragorri; Kevin "KD" Davis; Ryan West; Demacio Castellon; Tony Campana; Oscar "Filtrate" Ramierez; Ed Scratch; Kyla Miller; Ken Huffnagle; Jeff Reed; Hi-Tek; Joe Warlick; Jason Schweitzer; Steve King; Steve Baughman; Robert Hannon
Producer Dr. Dre; Eminem; Nathaniel Hills; Che Vicious; Havoc; Focus; Jeff Reed; Hi-Tek; Needlz; Just Blaze; Kanye West; Luis Resto; Mark Batson; Scott Spencer Storch; Timbaland; Buck Wild; Jeff Bhasker; Dr. Dre; 50 Cent
CatalogID 9864143
Lable Name Aftermath
Released 01/18/2005
Original Release 2005
Number of Discs 1
SPARE Code n/a
Length 69m : 57s
Mono/Stereo Stereo
Studio/Live Studio
UPC 00602498641439
Musical Guests
50 Cent
Nate Dogg
Mary J. Blige
Busta Rhymes
Album Notes and Credits
Personnel: The Game (rap vocals); Natasha Mathis, Faith Evans, D. Diana Jenkins, Mary J. Blige, Timbaland (vocals); Eminem, 50 Cent, Marsha, Nate Dogg, Tony Yayo, Busta Rhymes (rap vocals); Glenn Jefferies, Wayne Kee, Steve King (guitar); Lionel "LJ" Holwan, Mark Catson, Luis Resto, Mike Elizondo, Ervin Pope (keyboards); Tank (scratches).
Audio Mixers: Dr. Dre; Eminem; Mauricio "Veto" Irragorri; Ryan West; Justin Smith ; Jimmy Douglas; Steve King ; Timbaland.
Recording information: 50 House, Farmington Hills, CT; 54 Sound, Detroit, MI; Bassline Recording Studios, New York, NY; Can-Am Studios, Tarzana, CA; Encore Studios, Burbank, CA; Enormous Studios, Los Angeles, CA; Enterprises Studios; Hit Factry Criteria, Miami, FL; Larabee Studios; Record One, Sherman Oaks, CA; Teklab Studios Cincinnati, OH; The Bronx, New York, NY; The Stash House; Treesound Studios, Atlanta, GA.
Photographer: Jonathan Mannion.
On his official debut, THE DOCUMENTARY, Los Angeles rapper the Game (born Jayceon Taylor) observes he "was an ol' G in the hood" before he was 22. The Game has truly packed a lifetime of fury, chaos, and crime into his first years of adulthood, living life with a reckless passion. After a gunshot wound sent him into a temporary coma, he decided to put his agile mind to better use in hip-hop, and his complex, ferocious raps swiftly became mixtape staples.
After many twists and turns, the Game finally dropped the highly anticipated THE DOCUMENTARY as the first major hip-hop release of 2005, and it's quite an opening salvo. On the Kanye West-produced "Dreams," he displays a dizzying intellect, subtly working an apt quote from Nas into an imagined bi-coastal conference between Jam Master Jay and Eazy-E. (The track also invokes political figures ranging from Ronald Reagan to Huey Newton.) The Game's clearly been immersed in the rap world from an early age, and he tips his hat to both past masters and his contemporaries, many of whom appear on the record (Eminem, 50 Cent, Busta Rhymes, and others). THE DOCUMENTARY heralds a stunning new voice in rap by living up to its overwhelming hype.
Artist Overview
Rapper Jayceon Taylor, better known in the hip-hop world as Game, turned to music for redemption after his wild youth led to a near-fatal shooting. By the time he recovered from his wounds, he had developed a formidable style rooted in old-school West Coast gangsta rap. It's fitting then, that he wound up recording for Dr. Dre's Aftermath label, which helped propel the rapper to massive success with his debut album, 2005's The Documentary. One year later, Doctor's Advocate also performed well, followed by 2008's LAX, and one of his biggest career successes in 2011, The R.E.D. Album.
Professional Reviews
Rolling Stone (No. 967, pp.77-8) - 3 stars out of 5 - "[The Game goes] for emotional impact rather than dazzling wordplay or laughs..."
Spin (p.92) - "He holds his own lyrically against 50 Cent and Eminem while holding down beats by Kanye, Just Blaze, and the good doctor." - Grade: B
Entertainment Weekly (p.82) - "[W]ith the brightest hip-hop stars aligning for him, the Game may have willed himself a popular masterpiece." - Grade: B
Uncut (p.98) - 3 stars out of 5 - "[T]he dense, propulsive semi-orchestral Dre arrangements, studded with self-conscious NWA and Tupac quotes, make for a mostly rich and involving experience."
Disc 1
1 Intro
2 Westside Story
3 Dreams
4 Hate It or Love It
5 Higher
6 How We Do
7 Don't Need Your Love
8 Church For Thugs
9 Put You On The Game
10 Start From Scratch
11 Documentary, The
12 Runnin'
13 No More Fun And Games
14 We Ain't
15 Where I'm From
16 Special
17 Don't Worry
18 Like Father, Like Son
Product Attributes
Artist Game
Label Universal Music Group
Music Format Compact Disc

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